M.Sc. Intellectual Property Law

Hanken School of Economics

Application deadline: The next application period is in early 2015.
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Combine Legal and Business Studies - Get the Best of Both Worlds at HankenKnowing intellectual property law and how to manage intellectual property rights is becoming more important. To safeguard both intangible assets including patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs and brands, more and more companies need people who are experts in the field.

To answer this demand Hanken offers you the opportunity to specialise in the field of intellectual property law through our Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law.

Programme FocusThe programme offers an international atmosphere of high academic standard. It provides you with outstanding networks for the future and a wide range of career opportunities. Our close co-operation with industry keeps us at the forefront of developments in IP law.

Our department's expertise lies in the core areas of business law and intellectual property law and it has been recognised as one of the areas that Hanken excels in. The courses are taught by our internationally renowned faculty members, in co-operation with professors from leading universities in the EU and the USA and highly qualified practitioners.

The Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law combines legal and business studies, ensuring that you get a solid expertise in both areas. The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration, M.Sc. (Econ.).

Office of Harmonization for Internal Market (OHIM) In Europe, our programme is the only Finnish university in the Office of Harmonization for Internal Market (OHIM) University Network. We offer a unique opportunity to network with students from other leading intellectual property institutes.

IPR University Center The programme is administered by the Department of Commercial Law and implemented in close co-operation with IPR University Center, which is the leading academic intellectual property education and research center in Finland.

Career PathsGraduates holding a master's degree in Intellectual Property Law from Hanken have generally found positions that correspond to their educational background. The field of intellectual property law as such is also growing, which in turn means that in the future there will be even a wider spectrum of tasks open to IPL experts.


Programme StructureThe Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law is a two-year (120 credits) full time programme. Of the 120 credits, 90 are programme-bound, 24 are electives, and six are in languages.

The programme includes course modules in following subjects

* Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law I
* Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law II
* International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law
* Law and Economics of Intellectual Property
* Intellectual Property Strategy for Business
* Research Seminar
* Literature course in Intellectual Property Law
* Nordic IP Moot Court Competition I & II

Students are required to complete a master thesis (30 credits) in addition to the course credits.

In addition to the compulsory courses, the programme allows for a wide range of elective courses in, for example, Law, Finance, Marketing, Business administration, Accounting and languages at Hanken and various universities in the Helsinki area.

We help you combine the best of both worlds by building a meaningful, individual programme to suit your future career goals.


The basic requirements for applying to a Master's Degree Programme at Hanken are: * A completed Bachelor's degree
* A GMAT or GRE test score (optional for applicants to the Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law)
* English proficiency
* A sufficient background in economic sciences

Hanken uses the University Admissions Finland application services for admission to the Master's Degree Programmes in English. If you are interested in applying for admission, you can create a user account, even if there is no ongoing application period. As soon as the application period begins, you can log on to your account and finish your application.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92


Funding your studiesSince university education in Finland is funded by the State through the Ministry of Education and Culture, students enrolled in a regular degree programme at Hanken pay no tuition fees. The students must however pay an annual student union membership fee of approximately EUR 100.

Applicants must ensure that they have adequate funds to support themselves financially throughout their entire period of study in Finland. International students who cannot show proof of sufficient funds for living expenses during their period of study in Finland will not obtain a residence permit. Full-time foreign degree students can work up to twenty hours a week during the academic year and full time during vacation periods. The right to work is unrestricted for EU-citizens. However, it might prove very difficult to find a suitable job and the unemployment figures in Finland are quite high. Most employers also demand knowledge of Finnish and/or Swedish. Accepted students should therefore not plan to obtain part-time work, scholarships, fellowships or other financial assistance upon arrival in Finland.

At the moment Hanken School of Economics does not offer any study scholarships for students.

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